In 2003, the american author Craig Thompson published the unforgettable autobiography graphic "Blankets". In 600 boards, in a confessional language, pure and sweet, which marked a shift in comic books, Thompson makes a trip to the past, to childhood and adolescence in the midst of a deeply catholic family. And remembers his first love and how he learned that love, even when it is strong and true, it may be impossible. It's a story about the discovery and the pain of growing up.
It's impossible to read Thompson without getting a hangover. We had to wait eight long years for "Habibi" (Eisner Award for Best writer/artist ... again), another memorable book. And now, in hangover mode again, we do not know how long we have to wait for "Violet".
With "Blankets", Thompson won the critics, added several awards (Eisner Awards for Best Graphic Album-New and Best Writer-Artist; three Harvey Awards for Best Artist, Best Cartoonist and Best Graphic Album of Original Work; two Ignatz Awards for Outstanding Graphic Novel or Collection and Outstanding Artist), but he never agreed to sell a drawing.
Made an exception this month. He has donated this original cover art of "Blankets" to raise funds for flood victims during the monsoon rains August 2012 in the Philippines. The work was at an auction for a week. It was sold on November 19... for $ 21,211.11. It is an awesome price for a 14x17.